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Fortnite on Android.

I’m sure many of you have heard of Fortnite. It’s an extremely popular game taking the world by storm, and there’s one particular reason why – it’s entirely free. It’s not everybody’s cup of tea, but it’s one of the biggest games out at the moment. It took off as a global phenomenon on PC, then expanded to iOS devices and now finally it’s on Android. Admittedly the list of devices it supports at the moment is pretty short, but Epic Games will certainly expand upon that in the future. There is one problem though for those on a supported Android device, and that is that the game is not officially available from the Google Play Store. Searching it there will simply yield this result.

Searching Fortnite on the Google Play Store yields a result telling the user that it is not officially available.

So then where on Earth do you actually get the game on your Android smartphone? If you have a Samsung device, you can download it through the Epic Games Fortnite Installer on the Galaxy Apps store. It’s preinstalled on your phone and should be pretty easy to find once you open it. If you’re on another device though, that’s where the problems arise. You’ll have to sign up for an invite key on their website, though some users have reported getting theirs instantly. I personally had to wait for mine. Once you get your invite key, you can download and install the application from the email you will be sent. That’s not Fortnite though, that’s simply the installer. All in all, you should be faced with similar screens as below.

If it mentions anything about your system security settings preventing the installation, then that’s a byproduct of the game not being available on the Google Play Store. You’ll need to open up your device’s Settings, navigate to Security and make sure “Enable Unknown Sources” is ticked. Try installing the game again. If it works, then you’re good to go! Be sure to switch that setting back off once you’ve got everything set up.

Once the download reaches 100%, you’ll be prompted to install yet another application. This is the last one and is the actual application. It’ll look exactly like above, except it will say “Fortnite” instead of “Fortnite Installer”. Tap install and login to your Epic Games account, the one that received an invite key. You can then download the game and play away! If you’re worried about the game not working, then you can check out the list of officially supported smartphones taken directly from Epic Games’ own website below.

  • Samsung Galaxy: S7 / S7 Edge, S8 / S8+, S9 / S9+, Note 8, Note 9, Tab S3, Tab S4
  • Google: Pixel / Pixel XL, Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL, Asus: ROG Phone, Zenfone 4 Pro, 5Z, V
  • Essential: PH-1
  • Huawei: Honor 10, Honor Play, Mate 10 / Pro, Mate RS, Nova 3, P20 / Pro, V10
  • LG: G5, G6, G7 ThinQ, V20, V30 / V30+
  • Nokia: 8
  • OnePlus: 5 / 5T, 6
  • Razer: Phone
  • Xiaomi: Blackshark, Mi 5 / 5S / 5S Plus, 6 / 6 Plus, Mi 8 / 8 Explorer / 8SE, Mi Mix, Mi Mix 2, Mi Mix 2S, Mi Note 2
  • ZTE: Axon 7 / 7s, Axon M, Nubia / Z17 / Z17s, Nubia Z11

 

Post Author: Adam Conway

An Irish technology fanatic in his second year of a Computer Science degree. Lover of smartphones, cybersecurity and Counter Strike. You can contact me at adam.conway@irishtech.ie.